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Iraq and Ruin
Iraq and Ruin
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The Once and Future Mosul

The city may soon be freed from the Islamic State, but it won’t be easy to govern afterward. Foreigners—and even Iraqis—had better study its complexities.

Iraq and Ruin
Collapsing Oil Prices Reveal Iraq’s Fragility

Iraq has been buying off restive population with oil wealth. What happens when oil markets seize up?

Iraq and Ruin
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With Friends Like These

Why the U.S. cannot ally with Iran to defeat the Islamic State.

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"Peak" Oil?

The UK may have just found its biggest new reserve of offshore crude this century.

Land of the Rising Gun

Shinzo Abe is not letting the North Korean crisis go to waste.

Recovery?

The Obama Recovery didn’t do much for the housing sector.

Suburbanization

Will we see a third ring of suburbs?

Asia's Game of Thrones

Time will tell if this strategy will backfire, generating more pushback from potential allies like South Korea.

Not Dead Yet

But this weekend’s protests, impressive as they were, are a long way from constituting a lasting threat to Putin’s power.

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